France, plagued by roving gangs of destructive young people, plans to punish parents who do not discipline their children.
Aurore Bergé, French Minister of Solidarity and Family;
revealed In a recent interview with La Tribune, the government said it will require social service and financial compensation to “failed” parents whose children turn to crime.
France, currently the fifth swinging republic since 1792, has also set up a commission aimed at helping its citizens “cope with the challenges of parenthood”. The committee is co-chaired by psychiatrist Serge Hefez, head of the family therapy unit at the Pitié-Salpêtrière hospital in Paris, and Hélène Roque, a specialist in youth issues.
“We cannot forget parents in our public policy. We need parents and we have to face them. And it is parents that I will rely on as Minister of Solidarity and Families,” Berger said at the weekend. he emphasized.
The French minister said these measures were not in response to recent anti-white mass stabbings by groups of young people, but rather in response to the summer's race riots, which proved almost as destructive as the 2020 BLM riots. He pointed out that. America.
In June, 17-year-old driver Nahel Mehbouz, who is of Algerian and Moroccan descent, reportedly ignored police requests to stop his rental car after driving recklessly. Mehbooz was stuck in traffic after running a red light, and police caught up with him. When police pulled up to his rental car and ordered it to stop, Mr Mehbooz instead chose to swerve forward, provoking a fatal reaction from one of the officers.
Following the police-involved shooting, large numbers of Algerians and other French residents took to the streets to protest, loot and riot.
Hundreds of bank branches and thousands of stores were robbed. Thousands of vehicles were set on fire. Some buildings that survived the worst of World War II were reduced to rubble. One of the country's largest libraries, containing cultural heritage and millions of books, was destroyed in a fire. Hundreds of police officers were injured.
Minister of Justice Eric Dupont-Moretti
shown On the first night of the riots, 30% of those detained by police were under the age of 18.
“We all remember the images of mothers going out into the streets in the evening to pick up their children and put them back on the right path,” Berger said. “However, it is surprising that 30% of the rioters were minors, and 60% of them grew up in so-called single-parent families.”
“You can't just focus on parenting when you're in a crisis,” Berger continued. “Society as a whole must address this issue.”
The minister highlighted the issue of absentee fathers, saying that fatherhood “cannot be about child support alone! Society has finally accepted the fact that women take on children and certain tasks alone. A couple can live apart, but the family still lives: you.” Don't leave your children behind. ”
It's been a long time since there was no father in the family.
got it We can reliably predict community-level violence. 2022 survey published According to a paper in the Journal of Developmental and Life-Course Criminology, the likelihood of youth delinquency increases significantly when a child is born and raised in a single-parent household. This is especially true for children raised only by their biological mother.
“There are clearly issues where authority needs to be restored,” Berger said. “It's not old-fashioned to say that, nor is it an afterthought.”
“It's in the interests of children to set the framework, set the rules and embody the powers,” the minister added.
The French government does not want to be seen as “paternalizing or infantilizing,” but the family minister has made it clear that parents who don't discipline their children will be disciplined in turn.
report France already has a law in place that allows parents to be sentenced if they “fail to fulfill their legal obligations to the extent that their child's health, safety, morals, or education is compromised,” he said. Those found guilty could face up to two years in prison and a fine of approximately $32,254.
But the initiative, teased by Bergé, is based on a proposal by French lawmaker Lionel Royer-Perrault, and will encourage “failed parents” to restore public monuments, garden, repair destroyed buildings, They will be engaged in social service activities such as supporting the elderly.
report Sunday Times.
In addition to community service, parents of children convicted of compensatory damages are required to donate funds to victims' associations. Parents who fail to attend their child's hearing also face fines.
In addition to punishing negligent parents, France is considering providing additional benefits to families and incentives to couples looking to have children.
“The family is the pillar of our society. Today we clearly affirm that,” Bergé concluded.
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